So you want to be a music major, but you don’t want to teach in a school. And while you may be fantastically talented, let’s face it: there's little certainity of making it in the performance world. So you decide to settle for another major. Big mistake!
There are many misconceptions about the music major. Some say it’s an easy major. Others say you will never find work. But probably the largest misconception is that it is a major only for those interested in teaching or performing. And those who say that mean well, but are dead wrong.
Music is a versatile degree. Just ask music graduate [insert name]. They used their degree to go into music therapy. For those who haven’t heard much about it, music therapy is an emerging field in which music is used by a licensed therapist to address physical, emotional, social and cognitive needs.
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There are so many more career options. The following are just a few of the dozens of jobs* a music degree are useful towards:
Performance Music Education Composition
Conducting Music Curation Music Therapy
Media Music Criticism Clinician
Concert Promoter Music Event Coordinator Front of house Engineer
Location Sound Engineer Lyricist/Songwriter Music Attorney
Music Librarian Music Supervisor Piano Tuner
Private Music Teacher Record Producer Session Musician
Arts Administration Music Technologies Audio Engineer
Artists and Repertoire field Accompanist Music Agent
Music App Development Music arrangement Artist Manager
Broadcast Engineer Jingle Composer Music Engraving
Instrument Sales Licensing administrator Mastering Engineer
Mixing Engineer Musicologist Orchestrator
Publicist Publisher Music Sales Representative Sound Recordist
As you can see, it is entirely possibly to be gainfully employed with a music degree following career paths outside of performance or teaching.
Music proves to be a versatile degree, which has applications in many fields. So for those of you interested in pursuing a music degree, don’t let the nay saying of those around you keep you from pursuing your passion. Your passion can turn into a very rewarding and stable career. It’s like any other degree. Research and know your options, know your interests, and a music degree can help you find the career path for you.
*taken from http://musicschoolcentral.com/can-music-degree-70-careers-salaries-revealed/ 70+ career options for the music major